A deep reverence for our natural world keeps Lauren De Vos driven to find conservation solutions. Whilst completing her BSc in Environmental and Geographical Science and her Honours in Zoology at UCT, she co-established the Green Campus Initiative and worked with other universities and UNEP in Kenya and South Korea to foster environmental awareness among the youth.
Her research life has been one of madcap adventures, from scaling termite mounds to understanding the insects of rivers, working on issues of human/wildlife conflict while researching Chacma baboons on the Cape Peninsula, and living in the Kruger National Park to study under the Organisation for Tropical Studies. Irrepressibly drawn back to the ocean, she completed her MSc in Conservation Biology and pioneered the use of GoPro underwater cameras to monitor fish populations in South Africa’s marine protected areas.
She has established a project with UCT’s Marine Research Institute and the Save our Seas Foundation, filming the fish of False Bay and teaching rangers along our coastline how to monitor using cameras. Lauren’s passion lies in bridging the gap between science and the public, and she now combines awareness talks with writing, children’s education, blogging and filming to translate the beauty of our ocean heritage.
She shares her films here: https://vimeo.com/user11906422,
her ocean stories here: http://saveourseas.com/projects/bruvs_false_bay
and her conservation news here: http://abarefootblog.wordpress.com